Photo Contest Finalist: Spider in the Light of Daybreak

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This photo, Spider in the light of daybreak, is a finalist in the Natural World category of Smithsonian magazine's 7th Annual Photo Contest. The image was taken by Csaba Meszaros of Budapest, Hungary. He writes:

Velence is the second largest lake in Hungary and Sukoro is a village closely. I went out early in the morning to shot the mist at the lake that I saw on the previous day, but had no luck because the weather changed to be warmer and much dryer. When walking on the fields around the village, I found the awakening spider in the net. The cross spider (Araneus diadematus) is very common in Europe, but the warm sunlight at low angle made its appearance quite uncommon: the legs and the body of the animal were shining in the darker background and seemed to be almost translucent.

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